‘England ready to boycott social media’ – Stuart Broad

Many England cricketers came in support of Ali after Taslima Nasreen's controversial statement

England cricket players including the likes of Jofra Archer and Moeen Ali have been subjected to massive criticism and hate on social media time and again. A few days back, Ali made headlines after a Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen took to her official Twitter handle to say that the spinner would have joined ISIS if he wouldn’t have stuck with cricket.

The tweet by the author spanked controversy with many England players coming in support of their team-mate. The latest to join the bandwagon is England’s pace sensation Stuart Broad who revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is ready to take a stand against social media abuse.

Broad reckoned that ECB has no qualms in boycotting the social media for some time to take a strong stand against the hate and abuse the England players have been facing on the internet. Though the veteran agreed that social media has a lot of positives, he believes that one can’t ignore the cons too.

“There are great positives to social media, but if we have to lose those positives for a period of time to make a stand, then I’d be well up for that. It beggars my belief that someone could write some of the messages to my teammates that they have to Jofra. If you said some of the stuff people say on social media on the street, it wouldn’t end well, would it?” Stuart Broad told PA Media.

“If there was action, it would come from the leaders in our dressing room and if the team felt like a change needed to happen we’ve got some really great people above us in the hierarchy who would be very open to what the team’s beliefs were. It’s a really strong message. I think it is definitely worth a conversation,” Stuart Broad added.

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